PRNewswire-FirstCall PHOENIX Oct. 27 :
Mesa Air Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert
Beleson to its Board of Directors. Drawing upon his thirty plus years of
experience in marketing and strategic planning, Mr. Beleson has most
recently been providing consulting services for a variety of high profile
clients in the aviation as well as other select industries. Mr. Beleson`s
previous employment includes: Chief Marketing Officer for Avolar, a former
division of United Airlines; President of M. Shanken Communications, a
publisher of upscale consumer publications; Chief Marketing Officer for
Playboy Enterprises; and President and Chief Executive Officer of Remy
Martin Amerique, a diversified wine and spirit importing company. Mr.
Beleson earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University School of
Industrial and Labor Relations and a Masters of Business Administration
from Harvard Business School.
“Given the opportunities that currently exist for our Company as well the
significant role of our Board of Directors, we believe it is important
that Mesa has effective and independent directors like Bob. His expertise
combined with the leadership possessed by our other Board members will be
invaluable in helping Mesa move forward successfully,” said Jonathan
Ornstein, Mesa Chairman and CEO.
Voluntarily stepping down from the Board is Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer George Murnane III. Mr. Murnane has been a
valuable member of the Board since 1999 and has been serving as Executive
Vice President since January 2002 and Chief Financial Officer since
February 2003. “Although Peter`s presence on the Board will be missed, his
valuable services will continue to benefit the Company in his positions as
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,” said Jonathan
Mr. Beleson joins Board members Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman; Daniel J.
Altobello, Lead Director and retired Chairman of the Board of LSG Sky
Chefs and Onex Food Services, Inc.; Herbert A. Denton, President of
Providence Capital, Inc.; Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman, Retired, served as
Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force; Joseph L. Manson, Partner
of Piper & Rudnick, LLP; Maurice A. Parker, Executive Director of Regional
Aviation Partners; Julie E. Silcock, Managing Director and head of
Southwest Investment Banking for Citigroup Global Markets; and James E.
Swigart, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Express.